African Words for Things Fall Apart

Agadi-nwayi old woman
agbala woman, man with no title
chi personal god
efulefu worthless man
eqwugwu a masquerader who impersonates one of the ancestral spirits of its village.
ekwe a musical instrument, a type of drum made from wood
eneke-nti-oba kind of bird
iba fever
ilo village green where assemblies take place
inyanga showing off, bragging
isa-fi a ceremony, if a wife has been from her husband a long time, and were then to be re united with him, this ceremony would be preformed to ascertain that she had not been unfaithful to him during the time of their separation.
iyi-uwa a special kind of stone which forms the link between ogbanje and the spirit world. only if the iyi-uwa were discovered and destroyed would the child not die
jigida a string of waist beads
kotma court messenger, not of Igbo origin
kwenu a shout of approval and greeting
ndichie elders
nna ayi our father
nno welcome
nso-ani a religious offense of a kind abhorred by everyone, literally, earth’s taboo
nza a very small bird
obi large living quarters for head of family
obodo dike the land of the brave
ochu murder or manslaughter
ogbanje a child who repeatedly dies and returns to its mothr to be reborn. It is almost impossible to bring up an obanje child without it dying, unless its iyi-uwa is first found and destroyed
ogene a musical instrument, a kind of gong
oji odu achu-ijiji-o cow
osu outcast, having been dedicated to a god the osu was taboo and was not allowed to mix with the freeborn in any way
Oye the name of one of the four market days
ozo the name of one of the titles or ranks
tufia a curse or oath
udu a musical instrument , a type of drum from pottery
uli a dye used by women for drawing patterns on the skin
umuada a family fathering of daughters, for which female kinship folk return to the village of origin
umunna a wide group of kinsmen
Uri part of a betrothal ceremony when the dowry is paid

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